Bridal Accessories You Can't Do Without - Grier Cooper Photography

Bridal Accessories You Can’t Do Without

We hear a lot about the dress. Say yes to the dress. Find your perfect wedding dress…. I could go on, but you get the idea. However, many of us get so laser-focused on the dress that we forget about bridal accessories you can’t do without… as in all the other stuff, which is equally important.⁠ ⁠

blue wedding shoes from Atelier Des Modistes, San Francisco | photo by Grier Cooper Photography, Richmond, CA

Wedding Shoes

Shoes, for instance.⁠ ⁠ First of all, don’t you just love these shoes? We do too! ⁠ Takes care of elegant, comfortable footwear and something blue all at once, which is an added plus.⁠ ⁠ But seriously, let’s talk footwear for a sec, mkay?⁠

⁠ We want beautiful shoes, of course we do, but they also have to be functional. Because I can promise you, if your shoes aren’t comfortable, you’ll start thinking about taking them off a minute after you put them on.⁠ ⁠ Consider the terrain where you’re getting married, as well. If there’s grass, skip the stilettos…your heels will sink into the ground.⁠ ⁠ Also, you’ll need to walk to get those fabulous wedding portraits, so choose walkable heels, or bring flip flops to change into when you need to get from point A to B!

Hair Accessories

Maybe you’re a traditional type, with a gorgeous veil from your mother that’s been carefully packed away for you until your wedding day. Or, you may be the type who wants to do something different. Luckily, when it comes to hair accessories for your wedding day, you have choices these days!

If you want to do a veil, there are long and short options, birdcage veils, fascinators… you get the idea. If you’re not planning to go with a veil, you could opt for a tiara, a headband, or a crown, if you want bling, or go with a floral option for a more Boho look. You can also think about barrettes, combs, or decorative bobby pins to add a bit more glitz.

Whatever you choose, it’s all about deciding what will go best with your dress and complete the look!

Bridal Jewelry

The most obvious bridal accessories you’ll wear on your wedding day are your engagement ring and wedding band. But in terms of additional jewelry, it’s up to you to decide what looks best with your dress. For example, a necklace can look great with a strapless neckline, but might not work well with a detailed illusion neckline. Our best advice is to avoid going overboard with the jewelry: one or two carefully chosen pieces is likely all you’ll need to shine.


Bridal undergarments probably the most-overlooked bridal accessory, and yet they play such a crucial role. Certain cuts of dresses (such as strapless, or those with plunging necklines or low backs) require a specific type of bra that won’t show. Speaking of showing, since many brides opt to wear white, or some other light color, your undergarments need to be flesh-toned so they aren’t visible under your dress, and go seamless so you won’t have panty lines!

Jacket or Wrap

There are a few reasons why you may want to include a shawl, jacket, wrap, or other form of outerwear on your bridal accessories list. The most obvious would be if you’re marrying in the chillier months but still want to take photos outdoors. A (faux) fur wrap or stole would do the trick, and give your look a vintage-inspired touch. Or, if you’re looking for a more casual look, we’ve seen brides don everything from plaid flannel shirts to denim jackets to bright cotton cardigans over their gowns for great photo-ops. Or perhaps you’re wearing a strapless gown and would like a bit more coverage for your ceremony, particularly if you’re marrying in a house of worship. You might look for a bolero or shawl to match your gown.



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